From the personal archives! Me and my daddy in Portugal. Grateful for the radical, funny and loving person he was! Couldn’t have wished for more inspiration in life! ✊
"Time is short and we do not have much time and it is time we stop mincing words. Caution is fine, but no oppressed people ever gained their revolution until they were ready to fight, to use whatever means necessary, including the use of force and power of the gun to bring down the colonizer."
J. Forman. Black Manifesto. In W. King and E. Anthony (Eds), Black Poets and Prophets (1972: 88).
"Resistance, and then the offensive, will be organized, first of all, in the cultural field. Colonized man must first recollect himself, critically analyze the results of the influences to which he was subjected by the invader, which are reflected in his behavior, way of thinking and acting, his way of assessing the values created by his own people."
S. Touré. A Dialectical Approach to Culture. In W. King and E. Anthony (Eds), Black Poets and Prophets (1972: 62).
"The presence of whites among the demonstrations emboldened the Negro leaders and allowed them to use tactics they never would have been able to employ with all-black troops. The racist conscience of America is such that murder does not register as murder, really, unless the victim is white. And it was only when the newspapers and magazines started carrying pictures and stories of white demonstrators being beaten and maimed by mobs and police that the public began to protest. Negroes have become so used to this double standard that they, too, react differently to the death of a white. When white freedom riders were brutalized along with blacks, a sigh of relief went up from the black masses, because the blacks knew that white blood is the coin of freedom in a land where for four hundred years black blood has been shed unremarked and with impunity."
E. Cleaver. Soul on Ice. (1970:74).